Expected to launch this month.
Following the spyshots of the Maruti Ciaz SHVS (Smart Hybrid Vehicle) at a dealership, new reports suggest that Maruti-Suzuki will discontinue the regular Maruti Ciaz diesel model to leave space for the mild hybrid Ciaz.
The exterior and interior of the Ciaz SHVS look identical to the outgoing model. The only difference is seen under the hood, where it features a brake energy recuperation system with an Integrated Starter Generator, which converts the kinetic energy of the rolling wheels into current for charging up the battery. It also gets a start-stop system to boost mileage while stationary.
It is powered by the same 1.3-liter DDiS diesel engine sourced from the regular diesel variant, and is paired to 5-speed manual gearbox. The Maruti Ciaz SHVS is expected to cross the 30 km/L mark, besting the ARAI-certified 26.2 km/l of the outgoing model.
Bookings for the Maruti Ciaz SHVS are now being accepted at a minimum amount of INR 11,000, and deliveries will begin from the end of August.
Suzuki Ciaz Aero at the 2015 Bangkok Motor Show - Image Gallery (unrelated)
[Source: Car Sizzler]